We all know that no one’s getting rich off Navy pay, and I have three kids (one who will start college in just a blink) so I’m always trying to saving money where I can. Bountiful Baskets is a great way to get quality produce AND save big time
So what is Bountiful Baskets?
Here’s what they say:
Bountiful Baskets is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group pay rock bottom prices on your food. – bountifulbaskets.org
Here’s what I know:
Every other Monday, I log on to my Bountiful Baskets account and buy a share of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I buy the extras they offer (like large amounts of apples or potatoes); sometimes I just buy my share which costs $19.50 (including the $4.50 handling fee). The following Saturday I drive up to my pick-up point, giggle excitedly as I transfer the contents of two full laundry baskets into my basket, and skip home knowing I’ve saved money and am feeding my family good food! It’s that easy!
So what do I get for $19.50?
Well, it depends on the week. This week we got celery, fennel, butter lettuce, broccoli, squash, and avacadoes in the veggie basket and grapes, apples, limes, pears, a honey dew melon, and bananas in the fruit basket.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely! This week I price checked. Even if I bought each of these items at the Commissary (which we now know IS cheaper), it would have cost me about $33, over than $13 more! Perhaps thirteen dollars doesn’t sound like much, but do the math. If you save $13 every other week for a year, that’s $338 in savings!
What could you do with an extra $338 per year!
If you factor in the “extras” you can buy, you could save even more money. A few weeks ago, I bought a 20 lb. bag of baking potatoes for less then $7. It was a great deal, one that I was able to share with a friend, AND I swear they tasted better the potatoes I normally buy. (I know that sounds crazy … maybe it’s just the savings talking!)
The only downside of Bountiful Baskets is that you don’t get to choose or even know in advance what is coming in your basket. In my experience most of the items are pretty normal, but I’ve had a few surprises that this meat-and-potatoes momma didn’t know what to do with. Kale? No thanks. Artichokes? Couldn’t do it. Fennel? I’m still working that one out right now, but the great thing is if you don’t feel like you might eat something, you can donate it! Any extras or items you don’t want to take home are donated to a local food shelter to help those in need.
So if you’re looking to save more money on your grocery bill (and who isn’t), look up Bountiful Baskets and see if they service your area! You – and your wallet – will be glad you did!
What’s your best money saving tip? Like I said, I’m ALWAYS looking to save MORE MONEY! Help a girl out in the comments!
ONE MORE THING:
Tomorrow I’m bringing something new and a little different to Back on Land. You don’t want to miss it! Plus there will be a little giveaway … but you gotta be here to win!